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Thursday, 13 June 2024 – 09:34

Amber travel list rules to be relaxed from 19 July, Shapps announces

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that fully vaccinated people and young people aged under 18 will not have to quarantine when returning to England from amber list countries from 19 July.

Mr Shapps made the announcement in a statement to MPs in the House of Commons on Thursday morning.

It means that for those people that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the requirements for green and amber travel list countries will be the same later this month – with the quarantine and eight-day test requirement to be dropped. Fully vaccinated travellers are defined as those that had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine at least 14 days before travelling.

The changes will take effect from 19 July, the same date on which the Government is planning to end almost all over coronavirus restrictions. Despite the change, destinations can still move to the red list, which has much tighter restrictions.

People returning to England will be asked to include their vaccination status on their passenger locator form, while transport operators will be responsible for checking proof of vaccination before passengers board their transport. 

People in England can show proof of their vaccination status through the NHS mobile app. Speaking to MPs, Mr Shapps revealed that more than 30 destinations are now “recognising vaccine certification as part of entry requirements”.

Additionally, the Government is to drop its guidance on travelling to amber list countries, meaning people will be able to travel to amber list countries for leisure and other reasons.


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